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'''Thomas Frederick Dixon Jr.''' (January 11, 1864 – April 3, 1946) was a Southern Baptist minister, playwright, lecturer, North Carolina General Assembly|North Carolina state legislator, lawyer, and author. In popular literature, two early 20th-century novels by Dixon—''The Clansman'' (1905) and ''The Leopard's Spots|The Leopard's Spots: A Romance of the White Man's Burden – 1865–1900'' (1902)— romanticized white resistance to Northern/black coercion, hailing vigilante action by the KKK.Maxwell Bloomfield, "Dixon's 'The Leopard's Spots': A Study in Popular Racism." ''American Quarterly'' 16.3 (1964): 387-401. [http://scholarship.law.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1864&context=scholar online] Film director D. W. Griffith gained fame for his adaptation of ''The Clansman'' for the screen in ''The Birth of a Nation'' (1915); the film stimulated the formation of the 20th-century version of the KKK.
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